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Annual Blackwell tourney has special tribute

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Tourney in 15th season

By The Staff

A beautiful spring day greeted 111 golfers April 30 when they competed in the 15th annual Matt Blackwell Foundation Golf Tournament at the Lancaster Golf Club.
The team of Jerry Pardue, Shane Brewer, AJ golf coach Heath Brewer, and AJ golf standout Logan Sowell topped the 28-team captain’s choice field, carding a low-net score of 48.4.
The foursome of Adam Crawford, Mitchell Snipes, Jarod Hileman, and Nic Wilson finished second with a 49. Rounding out the top three finishers, with a score of 51.2, was the team of Pete Milhorn, Chip Collins, Chris Collins, and Ronnie Collins.
The closest to the pin awards were captured by Richard Harris (No. 4), James Haire (No. 7), Terry Clyburn (No. 13), and Chris Ogles (No.15).  
The 2016 men’s longest drive winner was Drew Walters, who also won the overall longest/accurate drive award.
Walters appropriately launched  the 15th annual tournament, hitting the opening shot with Matt Blackwell’s driver.
Isabella Rawl, 12 and a budding golf sensation, took home the prize for the women’s longest drive.
Jerry Pardue of the winning team took won top honors in the senior’s longest drive.
Pardue, the former AJ baseball and AJ Middle School football coach, was also the winner of the $500 putting contest.
“We could not have had a better day to celebrate Matt,” said Larry Blackwell, Matt’s father and Foundation chairman. “This is a landmark year for the Matt Blackwell Foundation and this tournament as we celebrate our 15th year of helping the youth in our community.
“And I have to thank Garrett Hammond, Drew Walters and Tyler Young for remembering Matt in a very special way today.
“I would also like to thank club pro Phil Small and the staff at the Lancaster Golf Club, along with the entire Small family, our Foundation’s board of directors, our hole sponsors, and the many volunteers who come together to make this tournament so special every year.
“A true Team Matt effort has been the key to the success and longevity of this tournament,” Blackwell said.
For more information on the Matt Blackwell Foundation and photos from this year’s tournament, visit www.mattblackwellfoundation.org.
Matt Blackwell, who died in a 2001 auto accident, played baseball at Lancaster High School as well as junior golf and church league basketball.
The Matt Blackwell Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enrich the lives of Lancaster County’s youth by supporting and establishing programs and projects that will promote their physical and mental well being.